The urge to try harder when things don't quite go right is a common one, but a project manager trying too hard is a sure sign of insecurity and incompetence. When we are in control and know what we are doing we are relaxed and at peace with ourselves and our project.
The wise project manager knows that trying to rush things gets you nowhere. He knows that fame will complicate his life and compromise simplicity in his day to day work. He knows that selfishness obscures his deeper self. Therefore he avoids all these things. He does his work and moves on.
Lao Tzu tells us:
Standing on tiptoe is not steady.
Being self-centered is not enlightened.
Being self-righteous is not respected.
Boasting is not being grown-up.
Those who follow the Tao,
Call these surplus food or baggage.
Something found bad.
The followers of the Tao avoid them.